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Why Iran’s Hardliners Fear a Deal

7 hours 4 min ago
Politico, by Sadegh Zibakalam Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 26 54 2015 10:54:59 GMT The nuclear negotiation between Iran and the United States represents a historic shift—one that is actually more significant for Iranians than it is for Americans. If there is a deal over the next week, as the two sides approach their end'of'March deadline, it will severely undermine the ideology that has been in place since the beginning of the Iranian Islamic Republic in 1979, and which regime hardliners have used to great effect to consolidate their power: anti'Americanism as a legitimizing force. For more than 35 years, any liaison whatsoever with the United States has been perceived in Iran as simple treason.

Here’s 8 Of The Unhealthiest Items Being Sold At Baseball Games This Summer

7 hours 4 min ago
Daily Caller, by Christian Datoc Posted By: MissMolly- Thu, 26 49 2015 10:49:57 GMT In recent years, the on'going battle between “healthy” and “yummy” has been dominated by the former. Luckily, baseball is here to save the day. On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced they would be selling “Doritos'crusted” nachos on a stick, and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be horrified or in awe of this monstrosity. You’ve just got to see it to believe it.(Snip for tweet and photo)The Brewers aren’t the only team looking to the calorie consumption in the stands this season. Here’s seven other new items that will help baseball fans stretch their waistlines.

America’s New Role: As Iran’s Air Force

7 hours 22 min ago
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 26 42 2015 10:42:40 GMT Perhaps it’s time to rename the USAF (U.S. Air Force) as the IAF (Iranian Air Force). That, at least, is the only conclusion I can draw from news reports that the U.S. is now conducting bombing as well as surveillance flights in support of the Iranian'directed forces that are besieging Tikrit. The operation, launched almost entirely by Shiite militias under the supervision of Gen. Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Quds Force, began on March 2. The Iraqis were quite proud of the assistance they received from Iran, which included Iranian tanks and rockets arriving in Iraq. The attacking forces soon advanced

Guardian Column: Straight Women in Baggy Clothes Are Appropriating Lesbian Culture

7 hours 40 min ago
National Review Online, by Katherine Timpf Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 26 39 2015 10:39:34 GMT A lesbian columnist wrote a piece in The Guardian complaining that the straight women who wear less'than'feminine clothing are “appropriating” lesbian culture and making it too hard for lesbians to tell who the other lesbians are. The columnist, named Sophie Wilkinson, describes the trend of what she calls “unisex style” as a new thing, blaming the “high'street ubiquity of unisex outfitters such as American Apparel and Uniqlo and the androgynous cuts of Scandinavian shops like Cos.” “What was once a queer'owned style has shifted to the mainstream, being appropriated by straight women to the point that it’s now impossible to

Supreme Court grants unanimous win for common sense

7 hours 57 min ago
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 26 33 2015 10:33:30 GMT For the Supreme Court to issue a unanimous opinion, legal minds as vastly different as Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, must find agreement, as well as everyone in between. That rarely happens on contentious or unclear issues. Unanimity on the court usually signals that the resulting opinion is a simple application of common sense with which no reasonable person could disagree. This has occurred many times at the Obama administration´s expense, but this week the Court issued a unanimous opinion that instead puts a key White House ally — the trial lawyer lobby — on the spot. In Omnicare v. Laborers District

Recalculating Electoral Votes

8 hours 14 min ago
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 32 2015 10:32:04 GMT Beltway pundits routinely grant Democrats in 2016 an advantage in the Electoral College. The magic number is 270 electoral votes. Twenty'four states are almost certain to go Republican: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming, with a combined total of 204 electoral votes. Any Republican candidate who fails to carry any of those states is going to lose the presidential election anyway. Where will the 66 electoral votes needed to win the election come? The last four

Stunning! Obama Administration Declassifies Document on Israel’s Nuclear Power

9 hours 6 min ago
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 27 2015 10:27:36 GMT In a stunning move the Obama administration released 1987 report on Israel’s top secret nuclear program. Israel National News reported: Obama revenge for Netanyahu’s Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel’s top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move. In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top'secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But by publishing the declassified document from 1987,

Why the Army Is Charging Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

9 hours 6 min ago
Atlantic, by David A. Graham Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 26 26 2015 10:26:34 GMT The justice system is complicated, but the military'justice system is another matter entirely. The vagaries of Army courts may help to explain why a general decided to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion on Wednesday. That choice seems pretty confusing: After all, why would the U.S. trade five high'value Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl, only to turn around several months later and accuse him of a major crime? The Obama administration is already taking political fire from conservatives for an alleged miscalculation. But General Mark Milley, who made the call, may have had a restricted set of choices. While Bergdahl was in Taliban captivity,

Tom Cotton, tragic hero

9 hours 6 min ago
Washington Times, by Victor Davis Hanson Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 26 21 2015 10:21:37 GMT The snarky quip attributed to 19th'century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — “It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder” — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46 other senators. They wrote to the Iranian theocracy that any agreement on nuclear proliferation negotiated with President Obama will not constitutionally bind the next administration — unless it is properly ratified by Congress. Democrats were outraged. They charged that Mr. Cotton’s letter is a crime, a violation of the 216'year'old Logan Act. That

Iran nuclear deal in sight, State Dept. official says

10 hours 16 min ago
CBS News, by Margaret Brennan Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 19 2015 10:19:58 GMT LAUSANNE, Switzerland' Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Switzerland early Thursday morning to conclude high wire negotiations with Iran about a framework deal to halt its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. U.S. diplomats are optimistic that there is now a visible "path" to reach what would be a historically significant arms control agreement by the self'imposed Tuesday deadline. Yet even if negotiators are able to pull off this diplomatic feat, it is not yet clear whether that deal will conclude with a written accord signed by Iran or merely a handshake based on a political understanding. "We

How Bibi Warded Off Obama: The Inside Scoop

10 hours 16 min ago
American Spectator, by Jay D. Homnick Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 26 17 2015 10:17:13 GMT The political season is upon us once again. Ted Cruz, who launched his career as the unelectable senatorial candidate from Texas has now announced as the unelectable presidential candidate from the Senate. After him the deluge. Candidates will come out of the woodwork and turn on the waterworks. This in turn will generate loads of legwork and footwork in support of the candidates’ handiwork — done by campaign strategists, analysts, and pollsters. Where have these hardy souls been since November, when they were scattered across the country guiding governors and senators and representatives through the midterms? They have been in another

Desertion charge intensifies debate over Bergdahl´s release

10 hours 33 min ago
Associated Press, by Allen G Breed & Lolita C. Baldor Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 16 2015 10:16:24 GMT FORT BRAGG, N.C.— Charges that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted and endangered his post in Afghanistan intensify the debate over his politically wrought release: Should he spend years in prison as punishment for endangering soldiers who risked their lives to find him? Or was five years as a Taliban captive, where he was so isolated officials suggested it had affected his ability to speak English upon his return to the U.S., punishment enough? Bergdahl, 28, won´t face a death sentence, although the punishment is an option for prosecutors to pursue against deserters in wartime. But his case does raise the

IG Report: Reid More Involved in Visa Controversy Than Previously Known

10 hours 33 min ago
Washington Free Beacon, by Lachlan Markay Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 26 13 2015 10:13:39 GMT The Senate’s top Democrat was more deeply involved than previously known in an effort to secure U.S. visas for Chinese investors in a Las Vegas casino despite the concerns of career federal officials, according to an inspector general report released on Tuesday. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and his staff received weekly updates from top officials at U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding the status of visas for investors in the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the report reveals. Executives at the casino’s parent company, a client of Reid’s son Rory, donated thousands of dollars to Reid’s campaign

Bam’s disastrous deals

10 hours 33 min ago
New York Post, by Editorial Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 26 04 2015 10:04:53 GMT The Army has now charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, swapped last spring from captivity in Afghanistan for five top Taliban commanders, as a deserter who endangered his fellow soldiers’ safety. Five of the worst of the worst, for a deserter. And that was President Obama’s idea of a trade worth celebrating in a Rose Garden ceremony. So how can the nation possibly trust this president to make a deal over Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons?Even as he insists that no one else — not the Senate, not the Israelis, not any of our allies in the region — should have the least

The Woody and Bill Show

10 hours 49 min ago
PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 26 55 2015 09:55:57 GMT In “The Cosby Mysteries” at Commentary, TV producer and Ricochet.com frontman Rob Long, whose show business debut involved being a producer on the other big NBC Thursday night comedy series, has a fun review of Mark Whitaker’s hagiographic profile of Bill Cosby, which apparently went to the printers just as numerous allegations concerning its subject were beginning to hit the fan. Rob begins his review by placing himself in the hot tub of a zillionare fellow TV producer, and proceeds from there: The reason we were in the hot tub in the first place was that we had all gone for

Could a President Cruz Work With Congress?

10 hours 49 min ago
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 26 50 2015 09:50:47 GMT Charles Krauthammer articulated a major hurdle that Ted Cruz will face as he runs for the presidency: First term Senators, we already tried a first'term Senator. … Cruz talks about you have to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk.(Snip)Is Ted Cruz such a leader? Perhaps. He is extremely skillful at the outside game, but he will have to make the case that he can work with the Congress. This is something he’s not yet proved during his short tenure in the Senate. Already, plenty of Republican members of Congress do not like him. National Journal offered an unflattering

Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment

10 hours 49 min ago
Nation, by John Cavanagh Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 26 45 2015 09:45:07 GMT The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, is on the advisory board of a company that is trying to mine gold in Haiti. No one should be judged based on decisions made by family members, but here is why Hillary Clinton is in the middle of this story and needs to act quickly. Tony Rodham met VCS Mining’s chief executive, Angelo Viard, in 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), part of the Clinton Foundation, where Hillary serves on the Board of Directors. Viard admitted to the Post that he paid the $20,000 entry fee to

Obama to ask agency official to step down amid congressional pressure

10 hours 49 min ago
CNN, by Chris Frates Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 26 37 2015 09:37:51 GMT Washington 'The White House is expected to ask the embattled chairman of the Chemical Safety Board to step down Wednesday, congressional sources tell CNN. Chairman Rafael Moure'Eraso has been accused by members of Congress of malfeasance, hostility towards his staff and retaliation against whistleblowers. And an inspector general report found he used personal email to conduct government business, which contradicted his sworn congressional testimony. The use of personal email has come under scrutiny since revelations that Hillary Clinton used her personal email to conduct official business while she was secretary of state.

World´s Huddled Masses Use 4 Key Land, Sea Routes to Europe

11 hours 6 min ago
Associated Press, by Shawn Pogatchnik Posted By: MissMolly- Thu, 26 34 2015 09:34:42 GMT DUBLIN '' Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28'nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to trafficking gangs. Frontex, the EU agency that helps member nations detect migrants on the bloc´s frontiers, documents the flow of illegal immigration on principal smuggling routes. These keep evolving in response to every government initiative. Ewa Moncure, spokeswoman for the Warsaw'based agency, compares efforts to quell immigration on any particular route

Everything The White House Told You About Bowe Bergdahl Was Wrong

11 hours 40 min ago
Daily Beast, by Nancy A. Youssef Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 26 46 2015 10:46:11 GMT His release was supposed to be the political masterstroke in the last days of the war. But the war is still going, and Bergdahl is going to court. In the space of nine months, he went from being heralded at the White House to facing prison for life. On Wednesday, the U.S. military charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban captive who was freed in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. His capture, release and now charge became a parable of how narratives about the war in Afghanistan did not pan out. The